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Names which have been ruined for you by popular culture.

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persephoneplum Fri 09-Oct-09 05:33:33

There seem to be a lot of names which have been adversely affected by popular culture. Others remain untainted for some reason.

I was deeply resentful when that overly hip, self-conscious movie Juno came out a few years ago. I found the movie painful and resented that a favourite name of mine was now the only association most people have of the name.

It's probably still a middle name contender for us, as it's a nice alternative to using Jane/Jean/Joan/Jan we have in our immediate family, without actually using any of those names yet is still a nod to them.

Another is Ursula - I could burn every copy of that darned mermaid movie, whose hideous villain is the first thing people think of.

What names have been ruined for you?

pollydianasmummy Fri 09-Oct-09 06:05:27

Harry because of Harry Potter
Alfie because of Eastenders (I love the name Alfred)
Sue there are others.

Cortina Fri 09-Oct-09 06:52:19

Alica - Aleeysha, and its various spellings and celebs with all the variations.

Lyra - well I wouldn't have considered it if not for the PP books but that said the association will always be with the books.

Hermione - As above but JKR. Although thanks to JKR most can now spell it.

Victoria - Beckham, inevitably (at least in my head)

Rocco - Madonna got there before I did

Am sure there are many more!

RnB Fri 09-Oct-09 06:56:35

Nero = not exactly popular culturem but damn him grin

Tortington Fri 09-Oct-09 07:00:23

but his cafes do a nice cuppa

canella Fri 09-Oct-09 07:00:23

i loved the name vanessa but no way i could have called dd that 8 years ago - everyone would have associated it with that large annoying blonde woman!

Prunerz Fri 09-Oct-09 07:03:57


I love it. But I cannot stand that Smith woman.

skinsl Fri 09-Oct-09 07:14:23

We always had the name Grace for our first, if it was a girl. It was a boy, so we called him William. Now a bit buggered for girls name, cos couldn't really bring myself to have "Will and Grace"!!!

Cortina Fri 09-Oct-09 08:17:07

Would still go for Will and Grace if I liked both!

Just call them Grace and Will!

Some really worry about name combinations for example friends that were worried about having a Sam and Ella.

Just call them Ella and Sam! Honestly wouldn't put me off if I loved the names enough.

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